"wins a special
Afraid of any confrontation, Gwen
hit the deck, belly up, hoping for escape from anything negative about
to happen. Though nothing negative did happen, it’s taken months for her
to trust this and still, sometimes, she forgets and fears the worst.
This very sweet, gentle girl came
to us with so many worries, with people, with dogs, with anything new,
we wanted to give her plenty of time to heal. Gwen has improved but the big
world is not so easy for her and we feel at GHF, she can succeed without
much expectation or pressure. Whatever time it takes for her to believe
that people won’t hurt her, she will have. Gwen also coveted ‘her
person’ as if like being on a lifeboat, not trusting she could survive
without them, which
|made her growl and charge
off all the dogs coming nearby. Even that has changed and again, over
time, we know she’ll transform. Gwen needs sophisticated help with her
issues that are multi-faceted - from charging and nipping people to
growling and charging dogs to a panic as people reach for her - she is a
complex girl with a troubled history. We are happy to help her join our
lives, a safe haven for her to blossom.
RYE aka RYLEE/ RALLY is staying at the
Farm, joining our resident pack. He's a sweet guy with a lot of issues
and needs that make him a challenge so giving him an easier life without
expectations just made sense. This beautiful young guy seemed delightful
upon arrival but quickly showed significant handling issues as well as
issues with men and severecar chasing
behaviors, all in addition to his damaged front elbow. He's quite a
package for most people in real life' but here at the Farm, he fits
in fine. He slid into a very tolerant group of Border Collies, the
majority of which, landed with us for similar reasons. We're happy to
give Rye a wonderful life. Over the years ahead, we know he'll heal some
|his worries yet other aspects
of who he is, will never change. We've fallen in love with the whole
'package'…a brilliant and very quirky BC!
"Quirky" finds his Normal
OLLIE was adopted a year ago and
landed back at the Farm through no fault of his own - however,
upon this return, it was clear that this boy had a bunch of issues that
made him very challenging to live with in a normal setting - OCD
behaviors, car chasing, big kid issues and a high-pitched squeal talking
to you about everything he wants! A gorgeous sweetheart but coming with
a package of quirks that make adoption difficult.
So, we tucked him in the founder’s home with the pack of other
challenging dogs who had no place to go and he fit like a glove. So,
OLLIE IS HOME…no need to send him anywhere when he’s handling this
rural setting beautifully without all the stimulation that sends him in
the wrong direction.
|He’s already enjoying hikes on
the trails, hanging with the pack making up herding games and is much
more at ease about life. We’re happy to offer him a life where he can
FLIP - Sweet
now joins Hunter to live in the Founder's Home forever! After 2 1/2 years
in rescue, it's the right thing for Flip. He loves the Farm and certainly
is loving his new life, hanging with a great pack of BC buddies. He'll
enjoy plenty of trail walks, lots of ball play and have tons of love.
Flip's been adopted twice but always had too many worries with visitors in
each home so came back. While we had hoped just the right person might
fall in love and help him handle the big world, he's waited long enough,
so he's now set for life here at GHF! He's joining many others in the
Founder's home who had no other place to go where all their worries and
OCD behaviors could be understood and managed successfully.
|We're happy to have this sweet
boy share his affection with us and know that everyone who has met him,
will agree this boy deserved this simpler and GREAT life with us!
|ZENA is a ‘special needs’ Border
Collie who arrived at age 2 in 2010 where GHF became her third home because
she was ’too much’. High energy and super smart, her nature was more than a
typical Border Collie. Unbeknownst to the previous guardians, Zena is an
obsessive shadow chaser. This genetic trait was triggered somewhere in her
past but created behaviors that made her very difficult to live with, a
fully OCD dog.
These OCD traits, once genetically triggered, can
rarely be modified without serious behavior modification and drug therapy.
While other OCD Border Collies had come to GHF, Zena was by far, the worst
to land her so it was impossible to find adoption interest. Zena resides at
GHF with other unadoptable dogs. Her behaviors are extremely challenging to
live with since she requires continual management day and night.
Zena will endlessly bark at shadows cast by the sun on
the ground and then dig up the dirt wherever she is barking, over stimulated
by the ‘light’ she sees. She will run endlessly in repetitive patterns,
chasing ’things’ she sees on the ground or in the air, even at night. She
will also lick the furniture where any sunlight is cast from a window and
bite at the wall, going through the drywall to ‘catch the sun’ there. Any
reflection anywhere in the house sends her into a frenzy to ‘get it’. Zena
is also a horrible car chaser while riding as she barks constantly at
anything moving past her, even in a covered crate. When she is fully in the
OCD cycle, she will not respond to being called her name or to anyone she
knows - she is lost in this world.
Fortunately, when not in OCD mode, Zena is very sweet
and affectionate. She is also very smart but overly sensitive so cannot
handle much human pressure asking her to do particular obedience tasks. This
high level of sensitivity is typical in OCD dogs who are fragile in their
balance in the world.
HUNTER came to GHF in 2010, at 3 years
old, abandoned at a shelter due to growling at the toddler in the
house. He was described as a car chaser and high energy. Hunter,
while clearly smart, had his own agenda from the day he arrived til
now. Turns out, he is a severe car chaser, so bad that when adopted
from GHF into a home not near any road, the adopters placed large
trash bags over their windows, hoping to settle him down. Hunter was
This complex Border Collie, has the great
looks and intensity of a working dog but without that outlet, he
reverted to car chasing as his job. And, obsessive compulsive
behaviors when he was frustrated. If he was bored or could not chase
nearby cars, he would madly bark at the ground and grab the grass
and dirt, throwing it in the air, wildly digging at the earth. He
would enter a ‘zone’ of OCD patterns that was very challenging to
live with. While Hunter would respond to intervention by calling his
name, he then needed to be occupied with activity or he would revert
to barking and repeating the same behavior. Hunter also severely
guards his toys and bones, ready to defend his items and bite to
make a human go away. This OCD nature, along with car chasing and
resource guarding, made him very unadoptable.
Hunter was languishing in rescue because
potential adopters feared a lifestyle of constant management. In
fact, this IS the case so we knew GHF was the only place for Hunter.
His ‘normal’ nature was loving, sweet and people oriented so he
deserved a real life where the outer world was managed to bring him
into more normalcy. A high privacy fence now stretches hundreds of
feet to block out the rural traffic so that Hunter can focus on
Hunter, today, is happily lounging on the bed
and couch as a GHF resident, loving life. He has his barking moments
and his car chasing moments but with the outer world controlled,
this wonderful good-natured dog can surface, loving human attention
ROZE landed at GHF at age 4 in 2011, already with
a varied history, in a shelter as a stray and then adopted and returned due
to nipping. Her wariness was quite obvious as well as her sensitivity to
being handled. She ducked away to avoid contact and worried when anyone
approached, submissively turning away, barely tolerating touch, very
fearful. If pushed, Roze was liable to nip again or worse yet, bite.
Roze was happiest without a lot of human attention.
After one failed adoption introduction, it was in Roze’s best interest to
make her life easier by becoming a resident. Year after year, Roze relaxed.
It’s taken many years for her to let go of the worries from earlier life but
she is more trusting now knowing that no one will over-pressure her at the
Farm. She will never be totally fear-less and can easily revert to that
desire to flee human touch but her first desire is to seek out attention,
hoping for a ball toss and quick pat on the head.